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Saturday February 4 marked the seventeenth anniversary of the opening of the Christchurch Tramway.  To mark the occasion some tramway staff joined Tramway Historical Society members, Christchurch Mayor, Bob Parker, Christchurch Central MP, Nicky Wagner, and other invited guests at Ferrymead Heritage Park for the opening of Tram Barn 3 housing the city trams.  Encouraging, the Mayor and Nicky Wagner spoke with enthusiasm about the return of the trams to our city streets in the foreseeable future – maybe by the end of this year.  The council had given a grant of $50,000 towards the building.  Another $50,000 was raised by the Tramway Historical Society (including a $5000 donation from Sydney Tramway Museum.)  A star of the Saturday event was six-year-old Lachlan Jansen, who last year kicked-off the fundraising, selling fudge at the end of his driveway – so keen was he to see the heritage trams protected from the elements.  Mayor Bob Parker, hearing of Lachlan’s efforts, promptly appointed him Deputy Mayor and instructed him to officially open Tram Barn 3.  This Lachlan did, knocking on the roller door demanding it “open in the name of the Deputy Mayor of Christchurch.”  With a smooth rattle of metal the door rolled up to the sound of applause.  A tasty barbecue lunch followed prepared by Tramway Historical Society members ably led by Phyllis Bellworthy.  Our tram No.178 made several return trips to Ferrymead Village providing opportunities for the city trammies to get their hands back on once-familiar controls.  We look forward to hearing the friendly sounds of tram bells competing with the sounds of our city rebuild.ImageImageImage